OM Digital Solutions, the new company created after Olympus sold its camera business to a Japanese investment fund, has announced its first camera. The OM System OM-1 is a flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that succeeds previous high-end Olympus models like the O-MD E-M1 Mark III.
The OM-1 name will be familiar to Olympus shooters – a 35mm SLR camera with the same name launched the OM line in 1972. The new OM OM-1 system still bears the Olympus name on the body, although the company says Overview that this will probably be the last model where this is the case.
The OM-1 features a new 20-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and an improved processor that allows it to shoot at 50fps with autofocus and autoexposure, or up to 120fps with focus. focus and exposure set to first frame — at least when using the electronic shutter with some Pro-series lenses attached. The OM-1 can also record 4K video at 60 fps for up to 90 minutes on battery power or two hours on external power.
The body has been redesigned but still looks largely in line with previous Olympus cameras. Its weather tightness is classified IP53. The viewfinder has been upgraded to a 5.76m-dot OLED panel, and there’s a 3-inch 1.62m-dot articulating touchscreen that displays a reworked menu system.
At $2,199 for the body alone and $2,799 in a kit with a refreshed 12-40mm f/2.8 lens, the new OM-1 may be a tough sell for photographers who haven’t yet invested in Olympus cameras. But it also looks like a big upgrade for those who are – it’s a significant overhaul that updates the Micro Four Thirds range and suggests the new owner is serious about continuing the Olympus legacy. . It will be available early next month.